The weekly food shop can often prove more expensive than you might like, whether you are just feeding the family or catering for a special occasion.

As more and more gets thrown into the trolley, the total cost can often prove a bit of a shock when you reach the checkout.

But there are plenty of simple tips and tricks that can save a few pounds.

For those that find heading to the supermarket a real chore, these ‘hacks’ might just make it a little easier.

1. Write a list of what you need (not what you want)

This is a tip that has stood the test of time. For supermarket shopping, writing a list can help you to stick to buying only what you need – and avoid being tempted to pick unnecessary items up along the way.

2. Check your products for damaged items

If you’re buying something pre-packaged, carefully inspect the products to avoid taking home rotten food which will end up in the bin.

3. Use a calculator

Sometimes buying in bulk can be beneficial, but on other occasions it may actually be cheaper to buy items individually rather than in multi-packs.

Using the calculator on your phone whilst shopping can save both time and money.

4. Look up and down the shelves

Products that supermarkets are most keen to sell are usually placed at eye-level, but there are plenty more options on the shelves.

To make sure you get the right item for you with the right price tag, look all the way up and down the shelves.

5. Opt for a basket or a smaller trolley

Although this may prove impossible when doing a large weekly shop, the bigger the cart is the more comfortable people feel filling it up, which is how the cost adds up.

6. Find out what fruit and veg is in season

If certain fruit and vegetables are not in season they can cost a lot more due to being shipped from overseas, and if they’re not in season they may go ripe or need throwing out quite soon after purchase.

7. Avoid pre-chopped food

Although pre-chopping fruit, veg and other produce is easier than doing it yourself, this luxury means it is often overpriced.

If you cut back on pre-chopped produce and opt to do it yourself, it’ll save you a few pennies.

8. Look out for the yellow stickers

Reduced food items in supermarkets usually have small, yellow stickers on them and can be a great way of buying produce at a much cheaper price.

Although these stickers usually mean the food item is due to go out of date in the immediate future, some produce can be frozen or used immediately in meals that you were planning on making anyway.

Some supermarkets also have dedicated aisles or areas for reduced items, full of well-priced goodies.

9. Try own-brand products

Own-brand products can be just as good or at least very similar to the branded products, and often cost only half the price.

10. And finally… don’t shop when you’re hungry

As a rule of thumb, it’s probably best to avoid shopping when hungry as this can tempt you to buy snacks and unnecessary foods out of hunger, rather than necessity.

• This article originally appeared on our sister site the inews

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